Public Records Requests

The City of Fairfield understands and supports the public's right to access the public records created and maintained by the City in the course of its normal business. It is the goal of the City to provide service in a transparent manner, which includes timely access to requested records in accordance with the California Public Records Act (PRA). Pursuant to Government Code Sections 6250 to 6270, the typical timeline for the City to make a determination of available records is ten (10) calendar days. However, under certain circumstances, the City may exercise its right to extend this timeline for up to additional fourteen (14) days.

Many commonly requested records can be accessed instantly through our SELF SERVICE PORTAL

If the records you seek are not available on our portal, please email or call (707) 428-7402 to make a public records request via telephone. To enable staff to respond to your request as efficiently as possible, please include the date range for the records, the department which holds the records (if known), the types of records, and how you want them sent to you (paper copies, by email, mail, etc.) Please do not include any confidential information such as birth date or social security number.

You may also visit the City Clerk's Office at 1000 Webster Street, Fourth Floor, Fairfield CA 94533 to request or view records in person.  

Public records are open to inspection during regular City Hall office hours. Advanced notice is not required to inspect public records when in accordance with a rule of reason and consistent with the efficient functioning of City offices. It is advisable for any person who wishes to inspect public records to contact the City Clerk's Office to make sure that the records are available. An appointment may have to be scheduled if the records are being used by City staff, if the records must be located or retrieved from storage, or if review for possible redaction of confidential information is necessary. In order to prevent records from being lost, damaged or destroyed during inspection, City staff may determine the location of, and may monitor the inspection.

While there are charges for the duplication of records (photocopies, CDs and DVDs), there is no charge to inspect or view records. Whenever possible the City will provide the records electronically when requested.